Ranger has an assignment for Stephanie.
He wants her to plant a bug on her ex-husband, lawyer Dickie
Orr. Stephanie doesn’t particularly want to do it, but how can
she resist when Ranger asks. When Dickie’s involved, however,
things generally turn bad and this time is no different.
Stephanie and Dickie get into it. The next day he’s missing,
leaving behind bloodstains in his house. The previous day’s
events make Stephanie the prime suspect in his disappearance.
Stephanie must enlist the help of fellow
bounty hunter, Ranger, and her on-again boyfriend and cop, Joe
Morelli. As always happens with Stephanie, though, things
don’t come easy. She’s driving a maroon “cop car,” and chasing
two bond jumpers, one a grave-robber, the other a taxidermist
who makes stuffed animals that explode. Will Stephanie be able
to find out what happened to Dickie before she gets arrested?
Lean Mean Thirteen
continues the tried and true formula that has made the
Stephanie Plum novels so popular and so much fun to read. One
of the things that I love about Ms. Evanovich’s books is the
characters -- they are all larger-than-life and all a hoot.
Particularly fun for me is Lula and Grandma Mazur. In this
book, Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie’s arch-rival, makes an
appearance and provides some laughs.
Stephanie’s continued attraction to both
Ranger and Morelli is always fun to watch. Lean Mean
Thirteen had me in stitches and wondering “Where does
Janet Evanovich come up with these ideas?” Well, as long as
she continues to do so, I’ll be happy. Lean Mean
Thirteen is a definite recommended read, and re-read,